Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Continuing with 'Drawing the Girls'...  I've been practicing and refining my technique and drew a face I was quite happy with - but then I was afraid to add the hair.  This girl turned out so much more refined and elegant than my previous effort, that I could not picture putting magic marker hair on her.  So back to the drawing board.  Literally.

I tried different makers and different pencils and finally came up with a method for doing the hair with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons (love those things).  I first added some outlining with a watercolor pencil in dark brown and then added strips of color with three different shades of the crayons.  Once I had the crayon down I went over it with a damp brush to soften and blend the color.  Wetting the Neocolors really brightens the color and tones down the graininess.  I used a #6 shader working with the chisel side and pulling it across the color in long strokes moving with the direction of the hair.  This time I painted the hair first so that I felt comfortable with how it looked before proceeding with the face.

 Now that I have a method for future use I will have the confidence to put hair on those faces - no matter how pretty they turn out.  :)

Joy and blessings,


  1. Ohhh what a pretty sweet faces you have created on this darling little fairy like waisf, they both has such pretty soft skin tones and kind loving clear blue eyes. You must be delighted with your results. I am just going to, check out the watercolour crayons you used on Thank you for sharing and explaining how you painted the beautiful hair.
    Warmest best wishes,

    1. Thank you, Susanne! I hope you were able to find the Neocolor crayons. They really are great fun to work with. Cathy


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